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Although it seems I was fishing for compliments, the truth is that re:opera needed revampment. It still does; that is why I have opted for a soft opening. It has a new name, a new address, it has lost weight and is supposed to be user-friendlier, but it wasn’t born ready. In order to mark its return to life, I have published the revised discography of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.

I am working on the revision of the discography of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. I am still learning how to deal with it – so things will be chaotic for a while. I ask for your understanding therefore.

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Count Almaviva has a bear costume? And does magician tricks?  In Franz Welser-Möst’s DVD of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, strange things happen.  The review is on re:  opera.

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Reviews of William Christie’s new DVD of Handel’s Semele with Cecilia Bartoli and of Ottavio Dantone’s DVD of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba have been added to the discographies in re:  opera, which you can find in the link on your right.

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More Handel

A review of William Christie’s video of Handel’s Orlando has been added to the discography on re: opera.

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Although I don’t have a thousand lives to consecrate to Handel, I could spare two or three nights to complete the review of Alan Curtis’s video of Handel’s Ariodante from Spoleto. You can check it on re: opera. More Handel operas will follow – so check back in a few days.

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I have updated the discography of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in re: opera and added a review of the Gelmetti/Hampe DVD with Ruth Ann Swenson and Hans-Peter Blochwitz.

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Arbeitstier

After this long period of laziness, I’m trying to keep up with the backlog. So a review of the DVD of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte from Paris has been just added to the discography.

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Still in Straussian mood, I have just added a review of the Zürich Opernhaus’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos on DVD to the discography on re: opera. Although Claus Guth’s régie has its interesting ides, you can really ask yourself Was bleibt von Ariadne? when you see her in a restaurant drugging herself with sleeping pills and taking pictures with a digital camera from Zerbinetta and her troupe…

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Yes, even Der Rosenkavalier: it happens to be the days of Empress Maria Theresa, but nobody seems to care about that anymore. In Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s staging for Dresden, we see the Feldmarschallin and Octavian after WWII; in Robert Carsen’s production at the Salzburg Festival, they see themselves just before WWI. But you can read more about that in the comparative review in re: opera (as always, the link is on your right).

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Although I have been quite lazy with the reviews on re: opera, I have the honour to inform you that I’m back on track – I have just added a review of Fabio Luisi’s DVD of R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier on the discography. You just have to look for the link on your right.

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